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[25 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
Sihăstria Monastery from Neamț County

 
Sihăstria Monastery
 
 
 
Continuing our itinerary, only 3 km away, we come across one of the most blessed hermitages of the area, where the hermits secluded here from the Neamţ and Secu monasteries spent their life in humbleness and prayer, seeking peace and solitude.
Later on, the bishop Ghedeon of Huşi commissioned a hermitage in 1655, which was rebuilt between 1824 and 1826, of river stones and bricks owing to the efforts of Veniamin Costache, the Metropolitan Bishop. The then newly built church, dedicated to The Virgin’s Birth, was built in the classical …

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[22 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
Secu Monastery from Neamț County

 
Secu Monastery
 
 
 
The beginnings of the old monastic settlement in the commune of Vânători-Neamţ are connected to the hermitage Zosima the hermit settled here in 1530. The small church of the hermitage was commissioned by Prince Petru Rareş (1527-1546), on the site of the current church in the monastery graveyard. Then, Nestor Ureche, the high “vornic” [Minister of Internal Affairs] and father of the chronicler Grigore Ureche, commissioned a new church, in 1602, dedicated to St John’s the Baptist Beheading, and part of the households implements necessary to the monastic community.
The …

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[15 Jan 2018 | No Comment | ]
Neamţ Monastery from Neamț County

 
Neamţ Monastery
 
 
 
In the commune Vânători-Neamţ, 15 km north-west from Târgu-Neamţ, the visitors may find the oldest and most important monastic establishment in Moldova. Over the centuries, its founding fathers were the voivodes Petru I Muşat (1375-1391), Alexandru cel Bun (1400-1432), and Ştefan cel Mare (1457-1504), the last having commissioned here the most beautiful of the churches built during his reign, when visitors can admire the miracle-making Virgin Mary icon, painted in 665 in Israel [???].
Within the large and strongly fortified precinct of the monastery, there are two churches (The Ascension …

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[24 Jun 2015 | No Comment | ]
Vovidenia Hermitage

Vovidenia Hermitage is an Orthodox Monastery in Neamt County, located in Vânători Neamt, at 17 kilometers west of Targu Neamt on the road leading to the monastery Neamt, more precisely, two kilometers southeast of the famous monastery in a magnificent glade surrounded by mixed forests.
It is a wonderful place of prayer dedicated to Entry into the Church of Our Lady, which has over 300 years old. being part of the historical monuments being in the national heritage. By the beauty of these places was attracted too, Mihail Sadoveanu. The house …

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[11 Nov 2014 | No Comment | ]
Orthodox convents in Neamţ mountains

Hermitages, raised by monks – hermits, lovers of quiet, constrained to make cells or small chapels for prayer, often in isolated places and hard to break, sometimes through huge rocks, away from enemies and fire, represents an important part of the monastic establishments which have withstood the vicissitudes of time, becoming places around which grew the religious life of places where, hundreds of years ago, they were placed.
Such hermitages, arose first as cloisters, are around the massive Ceahlău, the Mount Athos of Romanians, some of them due to royal donations …

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[18 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]
The history of the ascents from Sihla forest

Over time many monks and nuns lived and prayed in the forests near monasteries like Neamt, Secu, Sihastria or Agapia and they always considered the forest from Sihla as the “strongest wilderness”. In these forests only the most pure monks and nuns lived, some of them in absolute loneliness for decades.
The first mention of a monk in these forests is found in a document from 1326 where it talks about a hermit in these forests. The ruler Stefan cel Mare, after the battle from Orbic in 1457 while crossing the …